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Gusty storms to sweep across North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia Monday

The same system that sparked severe weather in Arkansas this past weekend will trigger heavy, gusty thunderstorms in part of the eastern United States into Monday night.

Storms capable of producing strong wind gusts, small hail and blinding downpours will extend from northern South Carolina to central and western North Carolina, southwestern and central Virginia, southern West Virginia and eastern portions of Kentucky and Tennessee.

Cities that could be affected by the storms include Charlotte, North Carolina, Roanoke, Virginia, and Charleston, West Virginia.

The storms can cause flight delays as they pass through airline hubs in the region.

Motorists should be on the lookout for rapidly changing weather conditions, especially along portions of Interstate 26, I-40, I-64, I-77, I-81 and I-85.

The storms can bring a rapid drop in visibility and cause excess water on road surfaces.

People outdoors should take cover as the storms approach. If you can hear thunder, you are at risk for being struck by lightning.

The risk of locally severe thunderstorms will depart North Carolina in time for the primary election on Tuesday. However, the risk of severe weather will increase over the Midwest.